Thank you all for the nice comments about my dining room. I have to say this was the first time I have ever been apprehensive about a blog post. I truly was nervous! So many of you loved the chairs next to the buffet in their original orange velvet, I was not sure what the reaction was going to be when I revealed I had recovered them in gray. So needless to say I am thrilled so many of you left such encouraging and wonderful comments. Now on to the details!
If you have been a long time follower, you probably know this room is a collection of furnishings which has evolved over time. The buffet and six chairs (which I painted white and recovered in blue velvet for this redo) where bought from the Salvation Army. Along with a table which is now in the basement, I paid $150 for all 9 pieces. The large cabinet is an antique store find. It is made of two pieces and I was told it was taken from a local real estate office. I could not believe my luck when I found it a couple of years ago as it is the perfect fit for the wall on which it resides.
The table is made by Henredon and is a Craigslist purchase. The chairs which matched this table are now around the kitchen table. I used a vintage grainsack with blue stripes for a runner to add more texture to the room as well as lighten up the table. An ivy topiary from Lowes adds a much needed bit of green.
The mirror above the buffet is by Uttermost and the pair of alabaster lamps is an Ebay purchase. Above the duo of vintage 1950’s chairs hang a pair of paintings by Jennifer Lanne. Jennifer’s work has been featured in Country Living magazine as well as several other publications. I have several of her paintings scattered about my house, as she is a favorite local artist of mine.
While most of the items in the room are older, there are a few newer pieces as well. The rug is by Madeline Weinrib and the gray silk curtains I made from fabric purchased at Calico Corners. The clock between the windows is new but is a bargain floor model from Ethan Allen which I painted.
Finally there is the pair of now gray French chairs with the ikat pillows which I made by repurposing the old fabric on the dining room chairs. In regards to my decision to recover the chairs, in the end it just came down to the fact that the orange was just not me. It truly was a struggle to decide what to do – leave them alone or recover – but in the end I am so happy with how the room looks now so it was the right choice for me.
Thanks for following this transformation. I would like to say this room is finished but as you know I have a hard time leaving things alone. I am sure a little while from now I will be adding or replacing something. For now, however, I am just going to enjoy the room the way it is!